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Death of transgender asylum seeker in Guatemala highlights increased risks and protection needs for LGBTI community | La muerte de una solicitante de asilo trans en Guatemala destaca el aumento de los riesgos y las necesidades de protección para la comuni

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Death of transgender asylum seeker in Guatemala highlights increased risks and protection needs for LGBTI community | La muerte de una solicitante de asilo trans en Guatemala destaca el aumento de los riesgos y las necesidades de protección para la comuni

UNHCR, 06 Aug 2020

URL: https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2020/8/5f2bb1494/death-transgender-asylum-seeker-guatemala-highlights-increased-risks-protection.html
The violent death of a transgender asylum seeker in Guatemala last weekend highlights the need for effective protection to be granted to people forced to flee their countries, including members of the LGBTI community, urges UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency today

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and related movement restrictions, violence and persecution against people on the basis of their gender and sexual orientation continues unabated.

The 27-year-old asylum seeker, whose name is being withheld for the protection of her family, had fled gender-based violence and persecution by gangs in her native El Salvador and applied for asylum in Guatemala in 2018.

“We express our deep condolences to the family and loved ones of this woman who was trying to rebuild her life in Guatemala after being forced to flee her country due to violence and persecution,” said Giovanni Bassu, UNHCR Regional Representative for Central America and Cuba.

Read the piece in Spanish: https://www.acnur.org/noticias/press/2020/8/5f2b432c4/la-muerte-de-una-solicitante-de-asilo-trans-en-guatemala-destaca-el-aumento.html#_ga=2.26204280.419046704.1602525261-1181030147.1578932055